Edison Ford Home School Programs

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates offers a unique opportunity for home school families to learn together about the life and work of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and how our lives are impacted today by their genius.  The Edison Ford Home School program takes an interdisciplinary approach to science, invention, engineering and history with hands-on programming. 

A NEW Robotics series is now available.  Students will be challenged to learn about electricity, circuits, computer science, program coding, mechanics and apply their skills to building a robot that accomplishes a goal.  

History of Technology expands throughout the year where students will learn about history by recreating inventions of the past, and learn about their historical impact and about the inventor. 

Each class for Robotics and History of Technology involves hands-on activities, and requires team work, critical thinking, problem solving and presentations from the students.  Edison Ford home school programming curriculum is based on the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core) 1st - 6th grade.  Curriculum outlines provided to all registered parents.  Programs are led by Edison Ford education faculty and staff and include time to tour the historical homes, gardens, research lab and museum.


Edison Ford members :  $15 (one adult; one child)
Non members:  $25 (one adult; one child)
Each Additional Child:  $15

  • Classes begin October 2014 and conclude April 2015
  • Grade levels for history is 1st - 6th grade; Grade levels for Robotics is 2nd - 6th.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive early, bring lunch (or visit the Banyan Café) and share time with other home school families or stay after class and tour the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum self-guided.
  • Pre-visit curriculum materials provided before each class.
  • Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core) curriculum.
  • Led by Edison Ford faculty.
  • Parents are required to attend class and are welcome to bring younger siblings (must remain seated with the parent)
  • Subject to availability; class size limited to 20 students
  • Payment in full is required at time of registration 

2014 – 2015 Robotics

Electricity & Circuits

Begin the robotics journey by learning about electricity, batteries and circuits.  Students will make a battery, work with LED's and build a circuit.

October 6 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
October 9 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
October 10 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  

Computer Science and Literacy

This is the introduction to computer science.  Students will learn basic computer literacy and computer coding along with basic terms and concepts. 

November 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
November 14 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
November 17 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 


Students continue their goal of creating a robot by learning the basics of code.  Students will write code using SCRATCH to make a character talk, move and interact with its environment.  

December 8 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
December 11 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
December 12 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Lego Mind Storms and Technics

In this class, students work with mind storm robots.  Students continue to write code and are introduced to mechanics with Lego Technics.  By the end of class, students will have their robot lighting up and singing.  

January 8 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
January 9 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
January 12 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Lego Mind Storms and Technics #2

Students continue to work with mind storms as they design and build a robot to accomplish a specific goal on the FIRST Lego League table.

February 9 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
February 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
February 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 


Students will combine their knowledge of building circuits and knowledge of writing code... Say hello to Arduinos!

March 9 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
March 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
March 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

Edison Robot

The finale of Robotics involves students working with a life size robot as they try and save the day by making the robot dance.  

April 9   9:30 – 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
April 10 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
April 13 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

2014 - 2015 History of Technology


No one person epitomized the renaissance more than Leonardo da Vinci.  Students learn a brief history about the Renaissance and explore one of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.  

October 6   9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
October 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 


Explore history and the universe by learning about Galileo and one of his greatest inventions, the telescope.

November 14 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
November 17 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 


Learn about Edison's work with film; students will build flip books and work with a zoetrope.

December 8   9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
December 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 


Students will learn about the beginning of the electrical industry by learning history and science through Benjamin Franklin and Alessandro Volta.

January 9 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
January 12 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Morse Code

From the Pony Express to the telephone, students learn about the history of communication through Samuel Morse and his code.

February 9 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
February 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Motors and Generators

Student will learn about Thomas Edison's scientific big brother, Michael Faraday and his experiments that would change the world.

March 9 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
March 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Lighting Systems

Students will learn about America's greatest inventor Thomas Edison and how he lit up the world.  Students will be able to design and build a lighting system.  

April 10 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
April 13 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Registration Information 
  • Advance registration is required
  • Full payment for ALL classes is required at time of registration
  • Parents are required to attend class and are welcome to bring younger siblings (must remain seated with the parent)
  • No refunds
  • Subject to availability

Call to register: 239-334-7419.